We finally had a chance to watch this movie, which the boys had been talking about since seeing the adverts back at Halloween. Short version is that it’s great fun.
The story is pretty simplistic. You have an over-protective father (who just happens to be Dracula) and a human who wanders into a hotel for monsters (all of whom are more scared of him than he is of them). Don’t expect too much in the way of Pixar sophistication or pathos either. This is more about fart jokes.
And you know what, that’s fine. Because this is aimed unashamedly at kids. And it gives them things to laugh at. Adam Sandler and his usual band of cohorts provide solid vocal work throughout but the star of the show is the animation.
The movie was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who is probably best known for his traditional hand drawn 2D animation for the likes of Dexter’s Laborator or Samurai Jack. Here he fully embraces what 3D computer animation can offer, without feeling obliged to mimic real life.
That’s what gives this film energy and propels to above average status in my mind.
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